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Dominic West has been bombarded with sarcastic comments on Twitter after he suggested that a new James Bond should be played by a transgender woman. But what about female Thor, vegan Batman... and can 007 be a cat, people asked.

So far, six male actors have played the fictional British secret agent working for MI6 during the whole 50-year-old franchise. The current Bond, Daniel Craig, has been in the last four movies and the fifth, currently being made, is expected to be his last. So, the vacancy is open.

English actor and director Dominic West decided to pitch his view on Bond's successor in an interview to The Times. And he suggested a sex change. But not to a cisgender woman - this 'road' has already been taken by writers of the British sci-fi show Doctor Who, who introduced the first-ever female Doctor.

Comment: Are people so shallow and compelling plots so light on the ground that the novelty of a transgender bond is necessary to keep people watching? Or is this whole gender 'swapping' mania a sign of something more insidious?

Bond could be portrayed by a transgender woman, West believes. He has already found one, Hannah Graf, who is the highest-ranking transgender soldier in the British Army.

Hannah Graf
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Hannah Graf pictured with her actor husband, Jake, a transgender man
"She's a beautiful blonde girl who could be Bond. That's actually a brilliant idea. They should have a transgender Bond because there are a lot of transgender people in the army," West explained.

Graf, who has been contacted by the Times, said she wasn't planning to pursue a film career but welcomed the idea. "A woman Bond would be a great role model for girls," she said. But the transgender casting for the man known for his womanizing and witty one liners was not well perceived by Twitterati.

Some users had their own suggestions for who 007 could also be.

And if James Bond could be played by a transgender woman, what about bisexual Godzilla, female Thor or male Bridget Jones?

West really did give the Twitterati something to chew on.

Some people just appealed to the voice of reason. Why mess with famous characters, when you can introduce a new one who can be whoever the tolerant society wants him/her/it to be?

The Bond character was conceived by Ian Fleming who served as a naval intelligence officer before pursuing a writing career. He created his character as an exceptional marksman who drinks his famous martini, shaken not stirred. Some people wondered if Fleming would appreciate West's idea.